The Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl

Being an African fan girl is a strange, liminal thing. You’re never quite sure that you exist, you see. A part of you is rooted in your culture and its expectations for how a woman ought to behave – church, family, school – but another is flying off into the stars carrying a samurai sword and a machete. Not one thing or another, you’re both at the same time.

It doesn’t help that you’re invisible. In all the representations of geek culture, in all the arguments for inclusion, it doesn’t seem like your voice can be heard. After all, shows like The Big Bang Theory which are supposed to be modern representations of geeks and their culture seem entirely populated by white people with plenty of free time and disposable income. If you don’t look like that, don’t have that kind of money or time, are you still a geek?

Quote from: Omenana issue 1/2014

 

This is my way to open The 2016 Sci-Fi Experience a non-challenge by Carl. Omenana is not purely-sf magazine, but I still would like you to try out the African speculative fiction. There are several issues of the magazine already. Enjoy the read. 🙂

I read this essay again cause lately I, as a woman, left out as a reader of major Polish science fiction and fantasy magazine.

If you want to see what I read/watched etc. in the earlier years, look into The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience and The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience tags.

Worldly Literature in 2015: summary so far

Here will be a summary of books (sorted by author’s countries) that I read so far in 2015 and some that I have in my current pile. Feel free to comment, if you have some suggestions for books for me.

I have made two challenges: one is more Poland oriented (but nobody said you can’t read books/comics from other countries), one is about reading literature from across the world (Around the World: A to Z 2015).

I only read 19 books so far this year, so far (not counting comics) from 9 countries. Six more countries on my list. I owned only 2 books (e-books), the rest was borrowed from libraries. Continue reading to see the list and my short opinion on each book.

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What makes a super-woman?

On the last meeting at the library discussion club we decided on the topic for next meeting being “superwomen”. You can treat this as my way to ponder on what is “superwoman” and who could be called that. A hero from the science fiction and fantasy works. This could also be a way to discuss this topic with you.

The library discussion would be only about books/comics, but in this post I also refer to TV series and films.

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The Last Immortal

Ostatni nieśmiertelny (The Last Immortal) is Polish sociology sf novel written by Gabriela Górska (1939-2013). It tells the story of Ray Gordon, The Immortal, who like Superman, saves people in the times of need. He can do, what the mortal people can’t do. He is already 100 years old, he saw the world changing, he has just one friend left… His wish is to find those who put the immortality into him (Them) and ask them to remove it. He wishes death the most.

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